Revered acoustician and sound designer, who famously worked with John Lennon on his legendary Imagine album, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of West London.
The award recognises Veale’s vast contribution to the audio industry and his commitment to educating the next generation of acousticians and sound engineers. Throughout his career he has designed some of the UK’s most acclaimed studios, as well as pioneering the first professional home studio in Europe, introducing the Moog and ARP synthesisers to Europe, designing the “compression” ceiling to improve control room bass response and creating the first presenter driven commercial radio station.
In more recent times he has been working in education, building state-of-the-art facilities for the University of West London where, along with his team from Stevenage-based Veale Associates, he has created professional recording, post production studios, professional radio studios, an ensemble area within Pillars restaurant, the acoustic and finishes for Weston Hall (loved by the English Chamber Orchestra), together with several other projects.
Veale’s citation was presented by Dr Andrew Bourbon of the London School of Music who said: “We teach our students to cherish the music and look after the music so we can all enjoy fantastic music and Eddie is one of the great pioneers who have allowed us to do this. Nowadays, when we want something new we just buy it, but when Eddie started his career if you wanted something new you had to invent it. It is this inspiration that plays such an enormous part in the lives of our students. Eddie is such an inspiration and inspires us to keep pushing forward and sharing great music.”
Veale added: “I am honoured to receive such recognition for my services to the audio industry. It’s been one heck of a ride! I am pleased that we have helped the university to rise up the rankings with our recent work and I would like to congratulate all the students here on their hard work and achievements and now urge them to go and do what they are passionate about, and above all to enjoy it“.
Veale’s career began back in 1960 working on noise control in passenger aircraft, before later designing and building the UK’s first professional home recording studio at Tittenhurst Park where Lennon recorded the Imagine album. He has also worked on private studios for the likes of George Harrison, Gus Dudgeon, Eric Clapton, Mike Oldfield and many iconic figures.